• Book review: At the Stroke of Midnight

    At the Stroke of Midnight – Tara Sivec

    Release date: 27 February 2018 Goodreads link Amazon link (non affiliate) Rating At the Stroke of Midnight (The Naughty Princess Club #1) blurb: Once upon a time Cynthia was the perfect housewife. Between being the President of the PTA and keeping her home spotless without a hair (or her pearls) out of place, her life was a dream come true. Her husband was once her knight in shining armor, but now he’s run off with all their money…and the babysitter. Dressed as a princess at the annual Halloween block party…

  • Book review: Darkwood

    Darkwood – Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

    Release date: 13 June 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Darkwood (The Darkwood Series #1) blurb: Magic is forbidden in Myrsina, along with various other abominations, such as girls doing maths. This is bad news for Gretel Mudd, who doesn’t perform magic, but does know a lot of maths. When the sinister masked Huntsmen accuse Gretel of witchcraft, she is forced to flee into the neighbouring Darkwood, where witches and monsters dwell. There, she happens upon Buttercup, a witch who can’t help turning things into gingerbread, Jack Trott, who…

  • Book review: Geekerella

    Geekerella – Ashley Poston

    Release date: 4 April 2017 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Geekerella (Once Upon a Con, #1) blurb: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and…

  • Book review: The Hazel Wood

    The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

    Release date: 30 January 2018 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1) blurb: Seventeen-year-old Alice Proserpine and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come…

  • Book review: Hunted

    Hunted – Meagan Spooner

    Release date: 14 March 2017 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Hunted blurb: Beauty knows the Beast’s forest ub ger bones – and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets, and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness,…

  • Book review: To Kill a Kingdom

    To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

    Release date: 6 March 2018 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating: To Kill A Kingdom blurb: Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal if them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing sirens loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart…

  • Book review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

    A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

    Release date: 29 January 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely, #1) blurb: Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed if a girl truly falls for him, and after so many failures, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on. Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive the streets of Washington,…

  • Grim Lovelies

    Grim Lovelies – Megan Shepherd

    Release date: 2 October 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1) blurb: Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the…

  • Winter

    Winter – Marissa Meyer

    Release date: 10 November 2015 Rating: ★★★★★★★ – 7/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) blurb: This is not the fairy tale you remember, but it’s one you won’t forget. Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She’s said to be even more breathtaking than her step-mother, Queen Levana… When Winter develops feelings for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin. But there are stirrings…

  • Scarlet

    Scarlet – Marissa Meyer

    Release date: 5 February 2013 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Scarlet is the fairytale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and is book two of the Lunar Chronicles series.  I definitely enjoyed this book more than Cinder.  Don’t get me wrong, Cinder was a good adaptation, but (just in case you missed my review) REALLY predictable.  This one less so, which was nice. The storyline was well crafted, again better than in Cinder, with more plot twists.  We start the book hours after the end of Cinder, with…

  • Cinder

    Cinder – Marissa Meyer

    Release date: 3 January 2012 Rating: ★★★★★★★ – 7/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) blurb: Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg.  She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness.  But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal.  Now she must uncover secrets…

  • Book review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

    A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

    Release date: 5 May 2015 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR series #1) blurb: Feyre is a huntress.  She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey.  But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest.  And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price… Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape.  Her captor’s body bears the…

  • Enchantment

    Enchantment – Orson Scott Card

    Release date: 1 January 1999 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Enchantment blurb: The moment young Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed.  Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay as still as death – while a malevolent presence stirred in the hidden depths below. Now, years later, Ivan is compelled to return.  He finds the clearing just as he left it.  This time he does not run… Before I get into my review of…